Columbian political cartoonist Javier Mallarino is at the pinnacle of his 40 year career. He’s known as the conscience of a nation, and holds the power to influence national events and make or break political fortunes. A chance encounter with a young woman he knew when she was a child triggers a memory of an event that occurred many years earlier, an event so repugnant to him that his reactive cartoon leads to a death. Now he wonders if his eyes and heart had deceived him. The existential crisis that follows is as gripping as a thriller and as emotionally powerful as one of my all-time favorites, Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending. -Cathy Langer, lead buyer— Cathy Langer
October 2016 Indie Next List
“With direct and forceful narrative and a translation as smooth and peaceful as the quiet narrator himself, this book takes the reader on a days-long search for the past and the present in modern day Bogota. A prominent political cartoonist is shaken when a forgotten uncertainty from the past resurfaces. This psychological study of the concept that what we believe makes us who we are is a masterpiece!”
— Nicole Magistro (W), The Bookworm of Edwards, Edwards, CO
A brilliant novel about the power of politics and personal memory from one of South America's literary stars, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Things Falling. Javier Mallarino is a living legend. He is his country's most influential political cartoonist, the consciousness of a nation. A man capable of repealing laws, overturning judges' decisions, destroying politicians' careers with his art. His weapons are pen and ink. Those in power fear him and pay him homage. After four decades of a brilliant career, he's at the height of his powers. But this all changes when he's paid an unexpected visit from a young woman who upends his sense of personal history and forces him to re-evaluate his life and work, questioning his position in the world. In Reputations, Juan Gabriel Vsquez examines the weight of the past, how a public persona intersects with private histories, and the burdens and surprises of memory. In this intimate novel that recalls authors like Coetzee and Ian McEwan, Vsquez plumbs universal experiences to create a masterful story, one that reverberates long after you turn the final page. Named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, Newsweek, the Guardian, and Kirkus
About the Author
Juan Gabriel Vsquez's previous books include the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner and national bestseller, The Sound of Things Falling, as well as the award-winning The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana, and the story collection Lovers on All Saints' Day. Vsquez's novels have been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide. After sixteen years in France, Belgium, and Spain, he now lives in Bogot. Anne McLean translates Latin American and Spanish novels, short stories, memoirs, and other writings. She has twice won both the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Premio Valle Incln, and received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award with Juan Gabriel Vsquez for his novel The Sound of Things Falling. She lives in Toronto.